How do I keep my hot tub from freezing in the winter?

Author: Murphy Murazik  |  Last update: Friday, April 8, 2022

Keep Your Hot Tub From Freezing This Winter with These Simple Tips
  1. Monitor the water level. When your spa is full, the water stays warm longer, so less energy is used to maintain the ideal temperature. ...
  2. Maintain the water temperature. ...
  3. Invest in a cover. ...
  4. Shut off the air jets. ...
  5. Plan for electrical outages.

What can I put in my hot tub to keep it from freezing?

A fitted, insulated hot tub cover. An insulated cover made specifically to tightly fit your spa model helps prevent heat from escaping, reducing your energy costs and keeping the water from freezing. Since spa covers are heavy-duty, most can withstand a few inches of snow accumulation before cleaning off.

What temperature will hot tub pipes freeze?

For a Fully-Foamed hot tub to start to freeze the temperature needs to be below 28 degrees F for at least 36 Hours straight. Even if it does get that cold if your hot tub & pumps are still operating, the water is circulating and will not freeze.

How do you keep a hot tub warm in the winter?

Invest in a thermal blanket

Using an insulated cover, particularly during the winter, will make it easier for your hot tub to retain its temperature, keep your energy bills lower, and help prevent freezing even in the most frigid temperatures. And best of all, they're inexpensive to purchase!

Can you put antifreeze in a hot tub?

For safety, never use an antifreeze containing Ethylene Glycol—the kind you use in your car—in your hot tub. It's toxic. A long funnel for pouring the antifreeze into narrow openings.

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What happens if a hot tub freezes?

Unheated water combined with low outside temperatures can freeze in only an hour of not circulating. Once frozen (even if the power returns) the spa won't be able to circulate water and cannot heat itself. Cover up!

Can I turn off my hot tub in the winter?

Shutting It Down

If you decide that you'd rather have your hot tub shut down during the winter, that's OK too. But make sure this is done properly to avoid expensive damage to the spa's internal components.

Should you empty a hot tub in winter?

Draining Your Hot Tub For Winter

Although we recommend using your hot tub as normal during winter, some users will prefer to winterise (drain and turn off) their spa. This needs to be done thoroughly to ensure no issues occur when the hot tub is empty.

What temperature should I keep my hot tub when not in use?

We always recommend keeping the temperature at 38°C, not only will this keep you warm, it also helps to protect your hot tub as the heat generated stops your power pack from freezing over. Make sure to always keep the cover on when you're not using it, so the heat doesn't escape.

Why would a hot tub freeze?

If You Lose Heat to Your Hot Tub

For most hot tubs to freeze, the temperature needs to be under 28 degrees for at least 36 consecutive hours. And, as long as your hot tub and pumps are still working, and your water is circulating, your hot tub won't freeze. What do you do if your hot tub isn't heating the water?

Is 90 degrees too cold for a hot tub?

So, how hot are hot tubs? Hot tub temperatures range anywhere from 90-104 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your preference, your age, and your health, you should keep your hot tub at a different temperature within that range.

Is 40 degrees too hot for a hot tub?

“Hot tub water temperatures should never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit [equivalent to 40 degrees Celsius is considered safe for a healthy adult.”

Is it cheaper to leave a hot tub on all the time?

Yes, you should leave your hot tub on all of the time. Hot tubs are designed to always be switched on and it's more economical to keep the water hot than it is to heat it up from cold each time you want to use it.

Should I turn my hot tub off at night?

The answer is yes! Hot tubs are designed to be left on permanently and this is how they work best. Of course, they'll need to be drained regularly but for the most part, they are left on 24/7.

How often should you change the water in a hot tub?

We recommend customers to change their hot tub water every 3 to 4 months. The reason we recommend this is that as your continue to add more chlorine, it will start to dissolve slower and slower until the chlorine doesn't dissolve in your hot tub anymore.

What is a good temperature for a hot tub in the summer?

Setting Hot Tub Water Temperature in the Summer

As a rule of thumb, many users keep their hot tub set at temperatures ranging between 97-99 degrees.

Is it OK to hot tub everyday?

When shopping for hot tubs, many people will ask their dealers 'Can I use a hot tub every day? ' The short answer is that yes, it is safe to use your hot tub every day.

Can you get sick from being in a hot tub in the cold?

Disease outbreaks tied to swimming happen even in the winter, often after people go in hot tubs or spas, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Can you use a soft tub in the winter?

Softub is ideal for winter. Backed by an industry leading 5 year warranty and manufactured in Sudbury Ontario, it is the perfect way to take the bone chilling cold out of the season!

Can you use an extension cable for a hot tub?

Many inflatable hot tub manufacturers recommend against using an extension lead. This is likely to be for a number of reasons: Most DIY store extension leads use cable which is not sufficiently large in diameter (normally 1mmsq or 1.25mmsq) to handle the relatively high sustained current required. Most are rather long.

Why is my hot tub losing water in the winter?

Remember that hot water in cold air turns to steam, so your water levels will drop much more rapidly in the cold than in warmer temperatures.

Can you drain and refill hot tub in winter?

Tip : Keep a hose in your house during the winter months, so it's easier to fill up your hot tub when needed. You will need to thaw the outside water spigot with hot water to unfreeze the tap, and then hook up your hose and fill up the hot tub.

Can you put insulation around a hot tub?

Most modern hot tubs are very well insulated. That being said, you can generally still do better. Adding insulation around the cabinet of your hot tub allows you both to trap the waste heat created by the pumps and heater and help protect the pumps and heater in case of a power outage.

What mode is best for hot tub?

Economy is a good setting for those who use the hot tub daily. The drop in temperature fluctuates during the year from minor or no temperature falls in the summer, to larger drops in the coldest part of winter.

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